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  1. There is a course on the Ohio/PA border that for years would be a once per year trip and it would humble all of us. It's hard to place exactly why, it's not overly difficult. Little tight in some places, but it messed with anyone who went that I know. My home course, soon to be my ex-home course, is like that. It's 145 slope and it has illegal drop areas and hazards for pace of play and to make it play easier. Very few people actually like it. Our handicaps travel very well from it.
  2. Yes, we actually don't know. And the reason the story came up is because he is running for President. But my argument is actually that it would be in character for the image that he likes to project to say "Hey, that wasn't right and off course I threw my money around to fix it". Much like any of us give to charity you have to consider the situation and whether it's the right thing to do, etc. No one can walk around throwing money at people because they happen to be poorer or worse off. Note: I don't think legally Trump has/had to pay. I just think given the situation he s
  3. It's a perception thing. He lives large so part of his overall image would be to swoop in and pay the guy. I wouldn't consider it a general rule. But if I was running a tournament and I was in a position to correct a bad situation I would try. Donald Trump tells a lot of stories how he helped people with money or rewarded them over and above. There is a famous story he's "confirmed" about how he paid off the mortgage on a guy's house who helped him with a flat tire on his limo. So I think it's in character. On the flip side there are famous people who are reputed to be cheap and
  4. I'm sure based on the prize there are different requirements from the insurance company. There were two hole-in-one prizes at a recent tourney at my place and one was unattended and the other had someone who worked for the course. They weren't high value prizes. Where I caddied as a kid there was always 1-2 women who watched the hole that had a car during an outing. I don't know who they worked for. A car is much less than $1M. A huge prize might require an onsite insurance person. Otherwise the organizer and the insurance company can agree who is trustworthy to monitor. Insuran
  5. My original take is that he should have paid and several responses after that hasn't changed my mind. Not because it's anything political, but because this is Donald Trump who has made a name for himself living large and using his wealth to do lavish things. Someone like that should pay up if there is this kind of mistake and take the publicity for doing so. Same thing if this was an event hosted by Warren Buffet. Now considering how the insurance arrangements are done, a sponsor or golf course that cannot afford if the insurance bails obviously cannot pay out and it sucks, but some
  6. You learn where to miss on your home course. Golfers who are thinking ahead and looking at the layout of a hole, or green, do this on any course. But local knowledge goes a long way to helping you avoid trouble.
  7. For a man worth 10 BILLION DOLLARS, it should be a no-brainer to pay up. If the article is accurate then it's a complete sham to have the stipulation that it's 150 yards and then have the hole set up less than that. Something similar happened a couple of years ago in a local tourney and I was playing with the sponsor. They set the Hole-in-One hole up at a certain distance and he wanted it further back because there were different tiers for the hole-in-one insurance based on distance. He wanted it back so he got charged less. My guess is that Trump's tourney didn't have hole-i
  8. Years ago someone in front of me dropped several balls on a tee box and just started hitting into a slow group in front of him. He was good enough to land them near the next group, unfortunately his golfing ability far outstripped his human decency.
  9. Personally I'm not overly excited by it. The old Top 30 Tour Championship was more compelling. But that might just be me. Ending before football season is a good idea, it gives the event more chance to shine.
  10. I've had my wedges for 3 years and I play 100 times a year. I don't notice any performance difference with them. Around the green I do not notice any change from year one, and last year on fuller shots I was getting some nice backwards action.
  11. I like it too. The PGA Championship can be lackluster despite the deep field and the club pros being there (I really like that personally). It doesn't have the identity of the other majors and is anti-climatic. Especially in Ryder Cup years when it becomes the stage for the captain's picks. The Players has more of an identity, IMO and moving it to the middle of the Masters and the US Open is kind of ok for me. The main thing for me to move it back to March is that it gets more of a spotlight and then a month later it's Augusta. The only thing with the above is that after the
  12. Responding to the original post, I would say that HRC and BO don't explicitly want to take in refugees for any other reason than there is a humanitarian crisis and people are fleeing Syria. Dropping the politics I think we would accept them if we had a Republican president as well. We should be taking in more. I agree with all the posters who believe in both a strong vetting process and that helping others is a core American value. We are ultimately all immigrants here.
  13. This wasn't me, but I witnessed it. Some guy was teeing off on the first hole and the course had these big 6 foot tall stone monuments for hole markers. Really nice with a layout of the hole and everything. So the guy is taking a long time with multiple practice swings, then he swings and just clips the side of the ball so that it goes sideways, hits the monument and bounces back over his head and lands by his cart.
  14. He most likely would be involved in some type of investment group that would purchase the company, or he would get a stake as coming on board to play, and help design, their clubs. or maybe a new Tiger line? Lots of different things if it's true. Nicklaus and Palmer both had their own companies that were small. However they financed it or what percentage they owned, I don't know. But they were certainly the front men for their respective offerings. A company with him headlines would generate a lot of publicity and TM, despite their failings, have a lot of smart designs. Could be
  15. The pro at my place is keenly concerned about this. We have a number of "hazards" that are there for pace of play. Plus drop areas on the other side of the water. Plus forced OB for pace of pay. Plus areas where you hit and you cannot determine where the ball is, or have a chance to see it. So they are thinking about removing some trees.
  16. I try to bring something else along with me to do when I get in these kinds of situations. If I am with someone else it's better because then you can talk, or make fun of the bozos. Yesterday I was essentially playing as a last minute decision and figured it wouldn't be very busy. Oops. Speaking broader, I think you just have to accept that bad things will happen and more bad things will happen if you let it bother you. These guys weren't worth firearms going off. There are others where I might be tempted.
  17. That happened to me as well. Two bozos in front of me. 2 over thru 8 holes and then a triple on a par 3 because I got mad waiting so long.
  18. Yes, but they would not get the attention that they do if they did those alternate things, hence why it happens. Unless they called a press conference or did a commercial and said something really provocative or outlandish. But as there are zero athletes who are bigger than their sport, they wouldn't get the audience that a commerical or press conference would get. I quite agree though, too much coverage focused on it. Worthy of some, perhaps not as much as it's gotten.
  19. The system I was thinking of getting it for was the Xbox One. The prior versions were on the Wii. The first version on the Wii was great, I had a nice repeatable swing. On the second, not so much. But it was more the putting.
  20. I don't think it's a matter of skill. A 40 handicap would benefit from a club fitting if he/she has a repeatable swing. When I was fit for my clubs they took length and lie into considering, but I also took some swings and they examined how the club was striking the ground. So the stock specs based on my height, arm length etc were then tweaked so that the club was in the right position when I made what was my swing. A key point is that I had a swing that I was not going to change. If you have a swing that is largely set and requires minor changes then I would say get the fitting.
  21. Hmm.... Gonna need a bigger wrist.... Thanks for the info. That's quite interesting.
  22. I raise my glass of Rodenbach Grand Cru to you guys!
  23. I personally don't like there being more than 2 captains picks. They were a way to bring someone in who might help the team gel, even if other people were in better form ; or they were people who were peaking 1 - 2 months prior to the event and were not in the top ten. IIRC the US side wanted more captains' picks to avoid people who had a lot of points but were in not so great form around the event. Usually they got a lot of their points in the prior year. That's a good and sound strategy. However since points are awarded for the large part of two years you have to make do with wha
  24. I've played several. Blue Heron and Sand Barrens are supposed to be really nice. I played the latter, but only knew of Blue Heron by repute. Twisted Dune has a nice reputation and the Seaview courses are supposed to be nice. I think they used to play the LPGA Shop Rite tourney there. Sea Oaks is the only other one around there that I played and I loved that.
  25. The first version I had, putting was a little too easy. The second version I had, it was horrible. This was on the Wii and I had some type of extension to provide better accuracy on the controller. I didn't last three holes with it. Normal controller the putting was too hard. A 8 foot putt that broke more than a little was impossible, more so that real life! For the number of shots made in a game, they need many more comments. It was very repetitive. It gets grating if you play more than a couple of times per week. I agree about the older games. I think they were better and
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